Category Archives: Updates

Humminbird Onix – Software 2.0 Update Problem

Well as you know from all my prior posts I’m a big fan of the Humminbird units which includes my Onix 10ciSI. With the great service I get from Humminbird on any issues I have I have one complaint. Humminbird released their new software update for the Onix in which they noted that there were 690 errors or bugs found in the software. One of the bugs had to do with the Down Image view of the unit. They posted that the new Onix would include the name Hi-Def Down Image crystal as their Down Image units of which I have an 1158 C DI unit. Anyway after doing the update I no longer have Down Image view on my Onix after the update. The Down Image view worked prior to the update but not since.


Anyway I have contacted Humminbird and after talking to Customer Service (very polite) they wanted me to take some snap shots of the unit and email them to them to see if they could determine the problem this took me about a week as I could not get on the water with my unit. After emailing them the requested photos they determined that the unit would have to be returned for repairs. This is the second time I have had to return an Onix for repairs to them. They are very fast in making the repairs and returning the units back to me but it costs me about $35 each time to ship the unit to them.

One gripe I had with them was that the first time I returned the unit for repairs they send me back a older refurbished unit. I know this as the serial numbers did not match the one I returned for repairs!

I’ll keep you updated on this issue when I get the Onix back from Humminbird.

Humminbird the Next Step Up oops Down – Onix

FT. LAUDERDALE, FL. (October 31, 2013) – Besides creating leading-edge products like 360 Imaging™, Humminbird® engineers have also been hard at work over the past two years developing a radical new platform that changes everything you know about fishing electronics.Humminbird ONIX and ION offer a rich user interface that is completely customizable to the individual needs of anglers and boaters, while remaining extremely easy-to-use via a full complement of multi-touch capabilities,” says Dale Logue, Director of Marketing, Humminbird. “The included feature list and available add-ons is unparalleled in the industry and make the units the most versatile, powerful and user friendly on the water.”
At the core of the new units, users will discover all the advantages of powerful Humminbird sonar, advanced navigation and Humminbird imaging technologies right at their fingertips, courtesy of a radical new take on Touch Screen operation called Cross Touch™.While some touch units limit operation to finger pointing, Humminbird’s Cross Touch offers Multi-Gesture Control, which lets users navigate menus and activate features with a tap, swipe or pinch. Cross Touch also minimizes false touches from splashing water.From marking waypoints with your finger, naming those waypoints via a virtual keyboard, to zooming in on fish-holding structure or chart locations for a better look, or swiping and dragging screens to create custom views, fishfinder use has never been more intuitive than this.

But ONIX And ION are more than touch screen units. They also feature redundant, traditional touchpad controls for complete control in bad weather.

Humminbird ONIX


The ONIX family currently comprises four models, offering anglers the benefits of powerful Cross Touch with the sonar, imaging and navigation features they need most. All units feature 1024H x 768V best-in-class screen resolution on 10.4- or 8.4-inch high-definition XGA LCD Touch Displays with multi-gesture support and bright graphics readable in harsh sunlight.


· HD Side Imaging/HD Down Imaging (ONIX 8 SI & ONIX 10 SI)
· DualBeam PLUS Sonar w/SwitchFire
· Digital Signal Processing (DSP)
· Internal Precision GPS
· Built-In Tri-Fuel Cartography, including Navionics®, C-MAP® by Jeppesen® and Humminbird Charts
· Dual SD Card Slots


· Humminbird AutoChart™
· C-MAP® 4D High Resolution Bathymetry by Jeppesen®
· Navionics® Gold/HotMaps
· Navionics® Platinum+
· Humminbird LakeMaster Digital GPS Charts
· Minn Kota® i-Pilot® Link™
· Low, Medium or High-Frequency CHIRP, exclusive to Humminbird
· 360 Imaging™
· IP Marine Camera


Updates to Alabama 2012-2013 Dove Hunting

I received this from the Alabama Dept of Conservation today and thought I’d pass it along to you guys.

August 19, 201

Dear Alabama Hunter,

Thank you for supporting hunting and wildlife management in Alabama by your purchase of a hunting license. We hope you plan to continue hunting this fall. There have been major changes concerning the upcoming hunting season we want to tell you about.

Dove Hunting Changes:

The Alabama Cooperative Extension System has made changes concerning practices involving mourning dove management which should enhance your hunting experience.

1: There are no longer three planting zones for fall or winter plantings for wheat.

2: Fall and winter wheat may now be top sown statewide from August 1 to November 30. A well prepared seed bed is still required.

3: Approved agricultural planting practices have been expanded.

For a complete review of all of the changes, a copy of the new mourning dove management brochure is available from the Alabama Cooperative Extension Service at or linked to from Federal information concerning dove hunting may be obtained at Dove hunting provides a great opportunity for family and friends to enjoy a positive outdoor experience. Dove hunting is an ideal activity for youth.

The new hunting and fishing licenses go on sale August 26th online at or any place license are sold.

Don’t forget to register (starting August 26th) for the Outdoor Alabama Sweepstakes. Go online for complete information on how you can win.

This email is the first of several you’ll be receiving concerning changes to the upcoming hunting season. If you think some of your hunting friends would like to receive these and future emails, ask them to go online to and sign up to be included. Again, thank you for your support and hunt safely.


Chuck Sykes


Sorry Been Out of Touch Lately

If you have been to my blog lately you have probably noticed that there have not been any new posts in a while. I’ve been out of touch with work, my painting and a few other issues and have not had the time to do any posting. I think I’m about back to my normal route now and hope to be posting again on a daily basis. Thanks for understanding and see you soon.

Garmin Updates

I was on Pickwick Lake recently fishing when the Garmin boat idled by me. This was their mapping boat and looks like all you Garmin GPS unit ownes will soon be getting an updated river map of Lake Pickwick. The boat got by me before I could get out my cell phone to click a better photo of the boat.